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Cryptonym: VENOM

Definition:
A CIA project monitoring the actions of the violent anti-Castro groups, located in Miami.
Status:
Speculative
Sources:

104-10113-10116: MEMORANDUM "DIAZ, ISALGUE"

4/15/69 memo from Charles W. Kane to CIA HQ re Miguel Diaz Isalgue #253 233: "The attached report contains information involving SUBJECT pursuant to a request by Project VENOM in Miami, Florida requesting up to date information on subject with emphasis on his financial status."

104-10120-10117: SECURITY SUPPORT TO PROJECT VENOM

7/23/70 memo from Charles Kane, CIA Security Field Office in Miami, to Headquarters, Chief/VENOM: The chief of intelligence is reporting that Gerry Hemming and Roy Hargraves (who have previous involvement in Project Seal) are working with Yvonne Vidal Santiago, who states that he is planning an attack that will result in anti-Castro Cubans firing missiles into the Guantanamo Naval Base - or cause conventional Cuban forces to attack the base, - in either event spurring an all-out war between US and Cuba.

104-10218-10002: SUBJECT: LA BORDE, LAWRENCE JOSEPH.

8/21/70: In response to a prospective employer's questions about Larry Laborde, the Chief, WH Security Office told HQ that "Project VENOM has advised our Miami Field Office that Subject was in fact of interest to one of its predecessor units in the past and VENOM files contain derogatory information about this individual."

104-10117-10341: SECURITY SUPPORT TO (DELETE) ROY HARGRAVES

3/19/71, re Security Support to Project VENOM: "The security officer of Southern Bell Telephone Company, Miami, Florida, has advised that one Roy Hargraves has been contacting telephone company repairmen in an attempt to find the names of former telephone company employees who were cable repairmen. His purpose was to learn the location of underwater cables between the mainland and Cuba. FBI contacted by security officer and they are aware of Hargraves and describe as 'soldier of fortune' type...Southern Bell concerned over possibility of possible sabotage to cables..."

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Bill Simpich

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